Urban wood stars in free IWF seminar


For the first time, the Urban Wood Movement will make its presence felt at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network is organizing a free 90-minute seminar, “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees.” The session is scheduled for 1 p.m., Aug. 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, will moderate a panel of three urban wood entrepreneurs. They will discuss their personal passions and experiences of creating products and profits by using landscape and community trees felled by disease, storm damage, old age and other causes. Each of their presentations will shed light on opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

Panelists include Jennifer Alger of Far West Forest Products in Sheridan, Cailf.; Rick Siewert, co-owner of Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, and Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products in Milwaukee

While the seminar is being presented free of charge, attendees must register to guarantee a seat at the program. Learn more and register at www.IWFAtlanta.com/Education/nbs6.

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